A chance for companies to show innovations such as wearable tech and connected cars
More than 150,000 delegates and 3,200 companies are descending on
This week's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most important events in the sector, setting the tone for the year ahead for the global consumer electronics market, worth an estimated
This year's edition of the show runs from tomorrow until Friday, though unofficially it kicks off with a series of sessions today.
Among the speakers scheduled to take to the CES stage are the chiefs of
Besides the flurry of new smartphone, tablet and television launches, this year's CES will have a strong focus on the evolution of technology already available, with connectivity playing the most vital role.
The CES has become a key platform for companies to showcase new technology. Over the years, the videocassette recorder, plasma TV, 3D TV and
Digital and mobile health care will take centre stage this time around as telecoms operators, app developers and healthcare providers continue to work together to develop health solutions for mobile platforms.
Digital health care has become one of the fastest growing trends over recent years as demand for health care and support grows around the world. A survey from the
This year CES will have a digital health summit during the show.
This will overlap with wearable technology, which has quickly gained more acceptance among consumers after Samsung unveiled its digital watch in
Wearable technology is no longer a gimmick, but a viable purchase for many, particularly ones that help to monitor a user's health.
"Eventually sensors will be embedded in everything – our clothes, devices, appliances, doors, lights even cars. These billions of nodes will collect information digitally and use algorithms and ambient computing to talk to each other and 'learn' about our preferences," said
There will be more than 50 billion connected devices or things by 2020 according to
"LG's upgraded smart technology gives users the ability to control their appliances no matter where they are. They can start a load of washing while driving home from work, tell their robotic cleaner to vacuum the floor to receive unplanned guests or bring up a list of food items in the fridge," said Seong-jin Jo, the president and chief executive of
No smart home would be complete without a smart car and this year more cars are being showcased at CES than ever before.
"As the car has become more connected and consumers demand increased interaction between their mobile devices and their car, we have seen the number of auto manufactures at the International CES rise year after year," said
Analysts also expect to see smartphones or tablets powered by
"You will see a big push from
For the first time there will be a dedicated zone for 3D printing, which is set to become mainstream over the course of this year as manufacturers release more affordable printers.
According to figures from the CEA, about 63,000 consumer-use 3D printers were sold in 2013. The association expects sales of 3D printers to reach 91,000 units in 2014.
The first CES was held in 1967 in
* The National, with additional reporting by AFP
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